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Yoav Sivan

A Promising Report Card

Yoav Sivan | Posted April 30, 2012

What is surprising in The Declining Significance of Homophobia, sociologist Mark McCormack's new book from Oxford University Press, is not that homophobia among 16- to 18-year-old boys in secondary education in the U.K. has declined, but that it has fallen out of fashion.

To be sure, opinion polls, both in...


Michelle Rhee Says She'll Tell For-Profit Colleges To Clean Up Their Act

David_Halperin | Posted April 30, 2012

Michelle Rhee writes in the Huffington Post that "some have questioned" why she would speak at the upcoming annual meeting of the largest trade group of for-profit colleges, APSCU, and she offers an answer.  I first raised this question 10 days ago, so I want to evaluate Rhee's response.

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall

What Is the Promise of College?

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | Posted April 30, 2012

In Sunday's New York Times, Frank Bruni writes eloquently about "The Imperiled Promise of College." He begins with these sentences: "For a long time and for a lot of us, "college" was more or less a synonym for success. We had only to go. We had only to...

Nicholas Donohue

Remodeling Education: It Takes a Community

Nicholas Donohue | Posted April 30, 2012

Every Friday, a group of students from Deering High School in Portland, Maine volunteers through their local Habitat for Humanity affiliate for credit toward graduation. While helping to build houses for people in need, these students are learning important math and geometry skills. They are also learning valuable skills outside...

Jeff Reeves

Dear Class of 2012: Your Degree Is Worthless -- Now Get to Work

Jeff Reeves | Posted April 30, 2012

As we enter May we also enter the typical college graduation season. You're sure to see a bunch of high-profile speeches from Hollywood personalities and well-heeled men of business. (One of my personal favorites is Conan O'Brien's 2011 Dartmouth commencement address, for both the laughs and the life...

Jay Mandle

The Missing Teachers

Jay Mandle | Posted April 30, 2012

The 2007 financial crisis and the Great Recession of 2008 produced many victims. Unemployment grew, poverty increased and the availability of public services declined. But not often mentioned is the fact that the country's children too were victimized. The quality of public school education almost certainly was damaged.

Between May...

Christopher Newfield

Apple's Attack on the Knowledge Economy

Christopher Newfield | Posted April 30, 2012

The New York Times has just published the latest in Charles Duhigg's important series of pieces on Apple and the iEconomy (see also "How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work" and "The iEconomy," written with various coauthors).

This third article is about...

James Block

Child Rearing and the American Future: Let the Hunger Games Begin

James Block | Posted April 30, 2012

American children are in trouble. Each day brings increasing evidence of peer aggression (the new documentary Bully), autism spectrum disorders (the report just released by the Centers for Disease Control) and serious dependency and helplessness issues (an ongoing U.C.L.A. study). The unsurprising conclusion of the director...

A.J. Walkley

Self-Segregation in LGBT-Specific Schools?

A.J. Walkley | Posted April 30, 2012

As of 2012 a new high school created specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students has opened its doors in Phoenix, Ariz., joining the ranks of a handful of such schools across the United States. Harvey Milk High School in New York City's East Village was...

Leslie King, LCSW

Executive Function Dysfunction?

Leslie King, LCSW | Posted April 30, 2012

While our title may suggest an article on corporate boardrooms, we are referring to the term as it applies to a student's capacity to plan, organize, anticipate and execute their school assignments in a timely and effective manner.

Or a not so effective manner, as is more often the...

Nan J. Morrison

Closing the Gap in Economic Education: Financial Literacy Begins in the Classroom

Nan J. Morrison | Posted April 30, 2012

Like most young adults fresh out of college, saving for the future wasn't my top priority when I landed my first job. Left to my own devices, I can't say for certain I wouldn't have spent almost every cent of those paychecks, if not for my father reminding me once...

Karl Gude

Yelling at Students Using Facebook in Class Doesn't Help, But This Video Might

Karl Gude | Posted April 30, 2012

Honestly, I love my students. But they suffer from something I've wrestled with my whole life. As sure as I'm sitting here writing this with Meatballs playing on TV and Facebook idling nearby, my students' future-selves are one day going to be really mad at their past-selves for not paying...

Sharon Duke Estroff

Making Sense of Your Child's Standardized Test Scores

Sharon Duke Estroff | Posted April 30, 2012

Coloring inside the lines didn't carry high stakes when we were kids. But for our children growing up in the era of No-Child-Left-Behind, coloring in ovals with #2 pencils is a primary means of proving their academic prowess.

Many kids now spend a full 1/10 of their 180-day academic...

Daniel Luzer

The Interest Rate Debate: The Red Herring of College Costs?

Daniel Luzer | Posted April 30, 2012

In the last few weeks President Barack Obama's plan to keep the interest rate on student loans at 3.4 percent (rather than allowing them double them in July, as the law currently requires) has become an important part of the American political discussion. It provoked considerable debate in Congress and...

James M. Gentile

Basic Scientific Research and Its Transformational Potential

James M. Gentile | Posted April 30, 2012

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of America's oldest foundation devoted wholly to science, Research Corporation for Science Advancement. In March, I had the pleasure of celebrating the anniversary at a gala at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., where leaders of the...

Michelle Rhee

What I Plan to Tell the For-Profit Colleges and Universities

Michelle Rhee | Posted May 4, 2012

Every month, I speak to groups all across the country about various issues in education. To me, it's an opportunity to take my message about reforming our schools to audiences that might not otherwise hear it. In June, I'll be speaking at an annual convention of for-profit colleges and universities....

Susan Herbst

Quick and Dirty Advice for Soon-to-Be College Students and Their Anxious Parents

Susan Herbst | Posted April 30, 2012

As May approaches, many in the academic world are thinking about conclusions: finals will soon begin and end, the semester is coming to a close and students are graduating and moving on.

No doubt, high school seniors will be thinking the same thing in June as they prepare to...

The Badger Herald

Status, Not Race, Should Be Basis of Affirmative Action

The Badger Herald | Posted April 30, 2012

The Supreme Court of the United States is about to hear a case that may change the status quo on affirmative action. Fisher v. the University of Texas at Austin is going to be heard this term and may cause constitutional interpretations to be changed such that any...